Public Diplomacy Magazine seeks contributions for each themed issue based on a structured solicitation system. Submission must be invited by the editorial board. Unsolicited articles will not be considered, or returned. Authors interested in contributing to PD Magazine should contact the editorial board about their proposals.

Articles submitted to PD Magazine are reviewed by the editorial board, which is composed entirely of graduate students enrolled in the Master of Public Diplomacy program at the University of Southern California.

Articles are evaluated based on relevance, originality, prose, and argumentation. The editor-in-chief, in consultation with the editorial board, holds final authority for accepting or refusing submissions for publication.

Authors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their statements. The editorial staff will not conduct fact checks, but edit submissions for basic formatting and stylistic consistency only. Editors reserve the right to make changes in accordance with PD style

Copyright of published articles remains with Public Diplomacy (PD) Magazine. No article in its entirety or a part thereof may be published in any form without proper citation credit.

PD Mag Style Guide

Public Diplomacy Magazine adheres to historian Nicholas J. Cull’s model of public diplomacy. To learn more about contemporary public diplomacy and its components, please refer to the executive summary of Cull’s report Public Diplomacy: Lessons from the Past.

Please submit your work in 12 pt. font, double-spaced.

Periods should be followed by one space.

Please use the Oxford comma, a.k.a. the serial comma.

CORRECT: “Red, white, and blue.”

INCORRECT: “Red, white and blue.”

Be sure punctuation is inside quotation marks.

CORRECT: “Nice to meet you,” she said.

INCORRECT: “Nice to meet you”, she said.

Please use Americanized spellings where appropriate, such as “color” instead of “colour.” When referring to a name, such as “UK Energy Research Centre,” the original spelling should be used.

To format abbreviations, such as “Jan.,” or “US,” correctly, refer to this list.

Include all notes and citations as endnotes. See an example here.

When including photographs, cite the source and seek permission from the photographer when necessary.

Photographs must be a minimum of 800dpi.


Please refer to the GLADD Media Reference Guide- Transgender Issues for helpful information on how to fairly and accurately write on LGBT issues.

To learn more about traditional United States Public Diplomacy, please refer to the United States Department of State’s Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs homepage.